Katahdin Climber's Log

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Alpinist - Sep 28, 2003 10:35 pm

Route Climbed: Hunt trail up, Knife Edge / Helon Taylor down Date Climbed: September 27, 2003  Sucess!

We wanted to climb the Knife Edge and arrived at the South Gate at 5:40a, but the Roaring Brook parking lot was full. So we parked at Katahdin Springs instead and ascended via the Hunt Trail. We had a great time climbing the class III section half way up. Unfortunately, the upper half of the mountain was covered in fog. We reached the summit in 3 hours. An estimated 75 people came and went while we were there. Visibility on the summit was 20 feet. Despite high winds and wet rock we decided to (carefully) descend via the Knife Edge. We made it without incident and enjoyed it tremendously, though we missed the views. Hitched a ride from Roaring Brook to the South Gate, and then hitched again to Katahdin Springs. People there were very friendly and we had a great time...! I hope to return to climb this mountain again with hopefully clear skies.


velodurt - Sep 22, 2003 8:58 am

Route Climbed: Chimney Pond Trail to Saddle Trail Date Climbed: August 27th,2003  Sucess!

Mt Katahdin was an excellent adventure. The day we climbed was a Class 2 day and the wind was quite strong, so no Knife Edge for us, instead we climbed through fog and rain to the summit via Chimney Pond and The Saddle Trail. Once on top, the fog lifted and the views really opened up! Magnificent! Katahdin has a beautiful rocky summit. We have a full detailed trip report and lots of photos on our website at Natural Born Hikers so feel free to check it out. We highly recommend this hike!


paclimber - Sep 19, 2003 12:02 pm

Route Climbed: Abol Date Climbed: August 31, 2002  Sucess!

Took Abol up and Knife's Edge / Helon Taylor down. Best mountain east of the Mississippi. Because of the latitude, much of the climb is above tree line. Weather was perfect, views spectacular.


Flanders - Aug 22, 2003 11:29 am

Route Climbed: Saddle Trail Date Climbed: September 27, 2002  Sucess!

Easy up and easy down


mike_lindacher - Jul 30, 2003 5:09 pm

Route Climbed: Cathedral Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

A little late signing the guestbook. Even more tardy on a second attemp. Kathadin has to be the coolest mountain in the entire east. Based on Cathedral and word-of-mouth, all routes are excellent. From Chimney Pond, the mountain has a very distinct western look to it. As if it's a Rockies transplant. Well worth the early morning arrival for your summit attempt.


desainme - May 13, 2003 4:59 pm

Route Climbed: Hunt Spur Date Climbed: August 1958  Sucess!

I climbed this at age ten. My folks drove our Rambler up to Katahdin Stream, where we heard some old New Yorker driving a Caddy ask road directions for the top. The ranger sputtered a bit and the old guy drove off-but this was before SUVs. We walked up stream past the waterfall. Climbing as a group we were pretty excited to reach the falls of Katahdin Stream. A couple of miles later we reached the boulders and I recollect a bit of vertigo. The Tableland appeared to be at the top of the large boulders- but that was delusional. My father brother and I left my mom and sister to admire the view. My brother raced ahead and proceeded to the spur. He was a good deal ahead of us and my father demanded that he wait. We eventually caught up and finally made it to the Tableland-strolling the last mile to the top. Most startling memory: Pamola looked pretty cool from Monument Peak. We were kind of worn out by the time we rejoined my mom and sister at the big boulders. That evening we crossed two miles of lake on the way home as the sun painted alpen glow on the scene of our adventure.


climber46 - Apr 26, 2003 2:53 pm

Route Climbed: Abol(up), Hunt(down) Date Climbed: July 20, 2000  Sucess!

This is my favorite hike I have ever done as of April 2003. It is nothing short of spectacular! I loved climbing Abol slide and being able to guage approximately how far my party and I had come and how far we still had to go. I started this hike in shorts/t-shirt, but ended up with long pants and a jacket up top where it was somewhat windy. The tableland was nice and it was great reaching the 5267' summit. The hike down the AT(Hunt Trail) was also very impressive. The exposure was fun but not too bad and the boulder fields were and adventure! To top it off the waterfall at Katahdin Stream was brilliant. My party and I made it out just before dark and one of us hitched a ride to our vehiche at the Abol trailhead. WE had wanted to climb from the other side of the mountain but those parking lots had filled up and so we hiked from this Western side. I want to go back again sometime and climb it from the East side and also traverse the Knife Edge!


big_g - Mar 3, 2003 6:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2000

Route Climbed: AT  Sucess!

2,167.1 miles! Now THAT is an approach trail!

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Oct 1, 2002 1:10 pm

Route Climbed: Cathedral Route Date Climbed: September 27, 2002  Sucess!

What an awesome mountain. Great views on the hike in to Chimney Pond. My buddy Brian did not want to do Cathedral so we split up there and he went up Saddle Trail. I started scrambling up and loved every minute of it. Sign at Chimney Pond Hut said average time up is 3 hours and I made it up in 1 hour 55 minutes. Was great scrambling up about 2000 feet.

When I got to the top there were like a dozen Amish people in bonnets and straw hats and long dresses, etc who had come up an easier route. Was kinda surreal.

Waited about 15 minutes for my buddy to show up and we took some pictures. Storm was blowing in from the west and winds were kicking up so we decided against the Knife Edge. I really wanted to do that route back down but I guess I'll have to come back next year. This peak pretty much put the cap on the end of my climbing season this year and what a great one to end on!

bob Ellis - Apr 18, 2001 4:35 am

Route Climbed: Helon Taylor, Knife's Edge Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

I enjoyed this hike the most of all last summer, including the Huntington Ravine Trail on MT. Washington. It was demanding but not to excessive and the views were great. Hiking the Knife's Edge was an experience that I'll always remember. It is narrow enough to be challenging but I didn't feel it was dangerous as long as one keeps in mind the weather can change dramatically, with little warning, and stay on the trail. You feel as though you are walking on a narrow ribbon of earth, perched high in the sky. Exhilarating is the best word for it and the views all along the hike are great.

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Mar 23, 2001 7:16 pm

Route Climbed: Hunt Trail, 1991 and Cathedral Trail, 1998 Date Climbed: 1991, 1998  Sucess!

Katahdin is simply a great mountain! The Hunt Trail was a nice climb for a 7-year old like me.....then the Cathedral was more challenging. I also walked across the Knife Edge - it is one of these traverses that should not be missed........especially the "Chimney" cleft. Katahdin is my favorite mountain and I am sure that I will come back again to Baxter State Park and its fabulous wilderness scenes.


Josh - Mar 22, 2001 3:48 pm

Route Climbed: Hunt Trail, Cathedral, etc. Date Climbed: Lots of times  Sucess!

Katahdin is IMO the most impressive mountain in the Eastern US. My most recent ascent was in 1995 at the end of my AT thru-hike.

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